Lunch With The Girls Through The Ages

In 1991 or 1992, I cannot remember now, I worked among a group of wonderfully hard working and driven women.  We worked for a large Fortune 100 in different cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Dayton OH. We decided to spend a long weekend together in the fall, somewhere in the middle of the USA.  We decided on Aspen, CO. So off we flew leaving boyfriends, husbands, children and the pressures of work life to lay back and…

What’s for dinner?

Ugh. I despise that question.  I know that no matter what I say, I will get the moans and groans and standard statement, “why can’t we just get pizza?”  Pizza? Are you kidding? I am an Italian cook and a decent one at that.  I have a repertoire of probably 200 recipes in my head.I was perusing through the usual suspects of magazines looking for something to cook and do you know what is there?  My recipes. Of course they…

The Jack Factor

Whenever anything is broken, missing or just plain odd, we chalk it up to my son Jack and the “Jack Factor”. Years ago, my grandmother used to read to me The Family Circle in Sunday’s comic section of the paper.  They had a ghost called “I dunno know”, which in our house is the Jack Factor.  For ease of reading, I have listed some of the Jack’s most famous incidents:·         When the gutters were not draining and we had water…

Were you painting?

I have been on a weird run since Christmas.  After being out of my work out routine due to the hula-hoop incident, I have just been plain out of sorts.  One thing after another and the next thing you know, a month (or two) goes by. A wonderful friend just called me to see where I have been and it reminded me of this story that I very briefly want to share with you.Many of you know that as a working mom,…

Betty, Sammy, Chuck

I have always named my cars. I do not know why, but I have….maybe because I needed them so much.  I needed Betty, my ’73 Pinto Wagon with the wood-sided trim, to get me to and from my job at Ponderosa so I could pay for my college education. She was a great car and how I prayed that she would start after a long shift in the dead of winter.  Betty had no heat, or de-frost but she could…